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One Day Till NSD (Tuesday Show Thread)

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It’s a busy Tuesday around the Big Blue Nation.  After promoting Matt House to defensive coordinator and receiving a commit from Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald on Monday, the only thing standing in between NSD is a 9:00 p.m. tip-off with Georgia.  The KSR Crew will have a ton to talk about in today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio.

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61 Comments for One Day Till NSD (Tuesday Show Thread)



  1. runningunnin.454
    10:14 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    TOP TEN in the country…..congrats.
    BTW, show sounds fine…..no tin.



  2. henderblue
    10:16 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Lost in shuffle and misery of Saturday, does anyone know how Kevin Knox’s visit went? Have not heard anything..Of course would’ve helped to win the game



  3. Realme
    10:17 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    So frustrated by all the one and done / Cal haters at work that I am done with all my negativity and am now full speed ahead on the Cal’s Got This train. There is still time for Cal to get through to the guards about how they have to play, and the other positions have already been improving.

    Also very excited for signing day tomorrow.



    • secrick
      10:29 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t listen to all the BS and just trust in Cal. We will be fine .



    • ukjaybrat
      10:31 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I know I wasn’t helping yesterday wrt the negativity. but i’ll at least stop being debby downer until AFTER this weekend. @Florida is a big chance to right the train. We didn’t drop NEARLY as far as I thought we would have after a 2-loss week. two wins this week and i think we are poised to make a decent run through the end of the year. another loss this weekend and that would be 3 losses in four games. THAT would hurt. So let’s not do that!

      Let’s go BLUE!



    • Realme
      10:34 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I decided I owe Cal the benefit of the doubt. His track record shows he is much more likely to have his team ready for March than not. And yes Jay, beat Florida at Florida and we should all feel much better.



    • J-Dub421
      10:49 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Just remember 2014, we went to the title game with a really tough draw in the tournament after losing 10 games during the season with a bunch of freshmen.



  4. runningunnin.454
    10:24 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    The original ” I shot the Sheriff” was by Bob Marley and the Wailers.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:28 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, both versions are great, but Clapton’s gets a lot more air time. Speaking of Mr. Slowhand, I read recently that he is having major nerve problems with his hands. It has gotten to the point that he cannot even feel the guitar strings anymore. Hopefully he can find effective treatment, because it would be a shame for someone so talented to have to put down his guitar. Seen him several times in concert, and never been disappointed.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:37 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Clapton’s blues album ranks among the best even tho’ that was not his primary genre.
      Bob Marley developed melanoma in one of his toes; amputation was recommended; but, he declined due to his religion…and he passed away in his early 30’s….big loss.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:53 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Are you talking about “From the Cradle”, RG?



    • runningunnin.454
      11:11 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Yes….another good one was “Me and Mr. Johnson” in which Clapton covered songs written by ’30’s bluesman, Robert Johnson. One of the best was his version of Johnson’s “Love in Vain”.



  5. God Family UK
    10:27 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Do not see any difference between Charles and Lebron. If you say something about my work ethics I take it personally that part of who you are.



  6. secrick
    10:27 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    If we sign all the players that we are suppose to sign Tomorrow where do we rank in the NCAA and where do we rank in the SEC. Any one know?



    • ukjaybrat
      10:40 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Currently: SEC / Overall

      24/7 Sports: 10 / 28
      Rivals: 9 / 22



  7. Realme
    10:40 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    I vote let Dom play more. He’ll foul out, but he’ll also make some needed stops.



    • secrick
      10:44 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah let him play more and let him shot more when he is open.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:59 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      agreed. it would be nice to play dom periodically in the first half and then let him go to town defensively in the second. if he fouls out he fouls out. at least he can play defense.



    • J-Dub421
      11:05 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      The only time I’ve really seen Dom get into foul trouble was when the officiating was really terrible. Usually he plays good defense without fouling a lot. More Hawkins please!



    • Realme
      11:13 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Agree jdub. He can be playing with his arms behind his back, and be called for a foul before a play even happens. But I say still use him until they do foul him out.



  8. RealCatsFan
    10:47 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    I hate to sound cynical, but I sometimes wonder if Cal’s aversion to EVER playing zone has something to do with the fact that it is not commonly played in the NBA. I realize that a couple of you posted yesterday that top-tier coaches generally do not use a zone, but I think most of them will switch to one occasionally when the situation warrants it. Pitino and Self both fall into that category, and Self obviously implemented one that was quite effective for his team. It just seems to me that at this point in time Cal should at least TRY it once or twice to see if maybe it just clicks for this team and helps with the defensive liabilities. We can ALL agree that what we are doing now definitely is NOT working.



    • Realme
      10:50 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      That’s part of the reason he hates zone, but it’s also that he doesn’t respect it, doesn’t consider it authentic basketball, I think. It may be right that it would help us, I’ll defer to others on that, but Cal is really not going to do it.



    • secrick
      10:51 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Without the turn overs we win the game, not sure a zone would help that mush if we would just stop turning the ball over. Having said that i would like to see them play zone once and a while on certain teams.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:52 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Did he ever use it at other schools like Memphis or UMass when he didn’t have the talent at his disposal that he does now?



    • RealCatsFan
      10:55 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Rick, yes, the TO’s were big. But you could also argue that if we don’t let Kansas score 50+ points in the second half we also would have won.



    • J-Dub421
      10:55 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I have no idea if switching to a zone would be beneficial or not. I really just want several of our players to actually play defense. Any defense. Stop taking plays off on the defensive end. Man or zone, just play defense.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:59 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      The team has been together for 3 months; a zone is tough to learn and implement. Boeheim typically has players for several years, and has time to teach the zone. It’s also difficult to rebound out of the zone. I will say I have no problem with occasionally playing it, and that Syracuse’s zone is the best I’ve seen. The 2nd best was Owensboro HS when they were coached by Bobby Watson.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:00 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      J-Dub, agree – see my post below…



    • ukjaybrat
      11:01 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      here’s the thing guys. cal doesn’t “never use a zone”
      he has used it throughout his time at UK. and every time he goes to a zone, the other team just starts draining threes. BC we don’t practice a zone, because he doesn’t use it.

      IF he were to dedicate more practice time to teaching a zone, maybe we would be better at employing it. but then that’s a lot of practice time he could spend doing other things the team could benefit from.



    • Realme
      11:04 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Jay’s exactly right. I would add that when he does do it, the other team scores, Cal stops doing it immediately and says “see, told you so”. When he briefly goes zone, I think he’s just waiting for it to not work.



  9. runningunnin.454
    10:49 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Teddy Roosevelt was shot with a .32 caliber bullet; but the wound was not fatal because it hit a glasses case in his vest.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:51 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Plus, Teddy was just a badass. 🙂



  10. RealCatsFan
    10:50 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    At risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer, is anyone else just a little bit disappointed that Stoops didn’t bring in a bigger name for DC instead of promoting from within? I guess I still have a bad taste from the Joker “coach in waiting” fiasco.



    • Realme
      10:53 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I’m good with it, because I’m sure it means Stoops will still call plays, and we were better when he started doing that. Stay with what works, rather than turn it over to a new guy.



    • J-Dub421
      11:00 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I’m okay with it, because who is out there and available that’s a good DC? Most of the good ones have already switched jobs. Plus most great DC’s aren’t exactly beating down the door to coach at UK.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:04 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      im with realme. don’t bring in new blood and risk debalancing the team. for a DC, promote from within, stoops will still call the defense anyway.



  11. Realme
    10:55 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Sometimes I want to be Andrew Rogers. BFFs with Boogie, and living the life, without actually having to be good at basketball.



  12. RealCatsFan
    10:59 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone think that Cal could get Monk and Fox’s attention on locking in on defense by starting Dom and Mulder (when he’s well again)? Sometimes the bench can be a huge motivator. Losing a starting spot for a game can be a huge eye-opener.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:04 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      That’s true. Joe B benched starters against, I think, Florida State, on the way to the ’78 National Championship…he definitely had their attention.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:07 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      tonight would be a nice night to do it too. favored big over a mid tier sec team at home.

      start dom, briscoe, wenyen, willis, and bam
      then first subs would be fox and monk.

      we would go from a really big team to a smaller team. im a big fan of mixing it up to keep the defense trying to adjust



    • J-Dub421
      11:07 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I’d be okay with that. Hawkins is a good defender and rarely turns the ball over on offense. He’s very proficient.



    • J-Dub421
      11:09 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Added bonus, I think Willis has a good rapport with Hawkins and that Hawkins kind of brings out the best in Willis.



  13. Realme
    11:08 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Guarantee you John Short is already planning to call Tim and Beanie.



  14. J-Dub421
    11:24 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Lol, Matt’s “sports junkies” impression sounds like Hulk Hogan or some other wrestler.



  15. secrick
    11:26 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Willis can hit the three and i think was 5 out of 6 last game but it seems to me every time we need the big three he misses. I know that’s kind of knit picking but it does seem like it. I’m with REALCATSFAN shake up the starters.



  16. RealCatsFan
    11:44 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Chester rant alert!! 😀



  17. Realme
    11:44 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Damn, Chester.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:55 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Have to agree about “fans leaving the game before the horn”…..very rude.
      I recall a game against Notre Dame, we scored 7 points in the final 15 seconds to win.
      I would like to see these people get burned with a last second comeback after they leave.



    • Realme
      11:57 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I agree, it’s a bad look, and the players must notice it. I also enjoy Chester when he’s fired up.



  18. runningunnin.454
    11:45 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Disagree that the 38-1 team was playing better in March. We destroyed Kansas in Nov and UCLA in Dec. The pressure of the 40-0 thing weighed heavy on their shoulders and overwhelmed them in the final four.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:48 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Agree – seemed to me that they lost a lot of their defensive mojo shortly after the conference season started. Perhaps that coincided with Alex getting hurt, but it seemed like their intensity on defense slipped. Common thread?



  19. Realme
    11:53 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    $24 subs don’t make me want to trust Matt with tax money when he runs. 🙂



  20. J-Dub421
    11:57 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Why do idiots keep suspecting there is something nefarious going on with Mulder. He’s sick. They’ve said several times that he’s sick. Why would Cal lie? What would the point be?



    • Realme
      11:58 am January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Whenever they don’t tell us things, we start making them up.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:01 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      to be fair, it’s not common for coaches to hide locker room details behind the excuse “he’s sick”
      i’m not saying something is or isn’t going on. but 14 days is a long time to recover from a common bug. even the flu doesn’t last that long. i don’t know and more importantly i don’t care, just weighing in.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:02 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      meant to say it’s not uncommon



    • Realme
      12:03 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Matt and Ryan are clearly hinting that it’s mono.



    • CATandMONKEY
      1:58 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      We have the game’s greatest fans in general but our small cadre of idiot fans give our fanbase the poor reputation that seems prevalent on the internet and outside of this region.

      Go Cats! Will win by 17 tonight with only minimal worrisome lapses…I hope.



  21. Not Dan Issel
    3:02 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Here’s an old-timer view of this zone question. For years and years, Coach Rupp never, ever, played a zone defense. In 1966, the year of Rupp’s Runts, when UK played Tennessee at Lexington, he stunned the basketball world by playing a 1-3-1 pressing zone that UK became famous for during Rupp’s final years. Tommy Kron at the point, Pay Riley running the baseline, Larry Conley and Louie Dampier on the wings and Thad Jaracz in the middle. Ray Mears never knew what hit him. The 1-3-1 went on to become a standard feature of Rupp’s teams thereafter until he retired. It was not a passive zone but an aggressive trapping defense that resulted in many steals and fast break layups for the Cats. Maybe Cal should go look at some of that old film. I’m sure it’s around somewhere (or just call Pat Riley and discuss it with him).



    • runningunnin.454
      5:36 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Let’s not call ourselves old-timers….OK. I remember Rupp playing the 1-3-1; the called it a “hyperbolic paraboloid” or some geometry term.
      I don’t remember the Tennessee game in Lexington; but, I think we lost at Knoxville the last game of the season, ruining what was then a perfect record…..don’t remember which defense he played down there.